About Us



President/CEO/Executive Director

Mary Haag is a registered nurse and certified prevention specialist with over 15 years of achievement in substance abuse prevention, coalition building and non-profit management. Haag currently serves as President/CEO/Executive Director for the Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati. She also serves as President of the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board and as a coach/mentor for the National School for Prevention Leadership. Mary participates with various regional, state, and national conferences, task forces, and think tanks. 

Nicole Schiesler, M.Ed., CHES, OCPS II

Director of Coalition Strategies 

Nicole Schiesler serves as the Director of Coalition Strategies.  In this role, she oversees all prevention strategies that are implemented through the Coalition's three strategic pathways, Prevention Research, Local Coalition Development, and Prevention Action.  Nicole received her undergraduate degree in Community Health from Ohio University and a Master's Degree in Health Promotion from the University of Cincinnati (UC).  Nicole has over 15 years of experience in the substance abuse prevention field.  She is a certified health education specialist (CHES) and an Ohio certified prevention specialist (OCPS II).  Nicole represents the Coalition in the community by serving on the Program Advisory Committee through the Health Promotion and Education Program at the University of Cincinnati.  At the state level, Nicole represents the Coalition by serving as the co-chair for the Prevention Drug Abuse Action Group, a workgroup of the Ohio Department of Health.

Amanda Conn Starner, BA, OCPS I

Local Coalition Development Manager

Amanda Conn Starner is CDFGC’s Local Coalition Development Manager.  She is responsible for building, growing and sustaining drug prevention coalitions in Greater Cincinnati. She previously served as the Community Coordinator/Communications Coordinator for CDFGC. Conn-Starner worked for the public sector for several years including serving as a member of senior staff at the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services and the Ohio Senate. She began her professional career as a journalist including winning an Emmy Award. Conn-Starner graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a B.A. in English Literature and a Journalism Writing Certificate.  In March 2012, she obtained a Marketing Strategy Certificate from Cornell University’s online program.  Amanda has graduated from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s National Coalition Academy.  She received her Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist I certification in June 2013. 

Giles DeCourcy, BA

Communications Coordinator

Giles DeCourcy is the Coalition's Communications Coordinator.  He carries out all communications, marketing, and public relations projects for CDFGC.  He has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Cincinnati, as well as a Public Relations Certificate. DeCourcy attended the 2012 Public Relations Society of America Conference in San Francisco, California.  


Jamie Jagoditz

Administrative Assistant

Jamie Jagoditz is the Coalition's Administrative Assistant.  She has a wide range of duties that include overall office management, tracking donors, generating correspondence and providing logistical support for special projects.  Jamie serves on the SPF-SIG Advisory Council as a young adult representative.  Jamie has a Degree in Anthropology from the University of Cincinnati.



Manager of Training and Resources

Katrina J. Wyche is the Manager of Training & Resources at The Coalition for a Drug-Free Greater Cincinnati. She has been in the substance abuse prevention field for over 15 years on a volunteer and professional basis.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors for ADAPAO and is the organization’s Secretary and Membership Chair. She earned her Master’s Degree in Education from Xavier University. She is a certified Ohio and International Substance Abuse Prevention Professional. She is a Master Trainer for the Substance Abuse Prevention Skills Training developed under the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies (CAPT). She earned a Project Management Certification from George Washington University. She also completed the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training (CCTST) which a part of Cincinnati Children's Hospital – Community Leaders’ Institute in 2012, and serves on CCTST’s Community Partner Council.